Free download: Halftone Automator Photoshop actions

When mass printing dominated the mid-twentieth century, the number of colors in an image was reduced by replacing gradients with dots. The technique was seized upon by pop artists, like Lichtenstein and Warhol, to such an extent that it’s entered our visual language.

However, despite it being one of the simplest ways to evoke retro printing, it’s not that easy a technique to produce in Photoshop.

Happily designer Matt Borchert has fixed the problem for us by providing Halftone Automater, a great set of Photoshop actions, free to download for WebdesignerDepot readers.

There are 12 distinct actions: dots, diagonal lines, and horizontal lines; each divided into small, medium, large, huge and gigantic sizes.

Download the files beneath the previews:


Waterfall image via Nesster


Retro street image via Mohamed Adel


Captain America image via JD Hancock


Beach image via Ares Nguyen


Taxi image va Chris Goldberg


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  • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

    It sounds like you’ve got some vectors in there. Try flattening the file first and seeing if that solves the problem.

    • Karsten Bruun Qvist

      Thanks Benjie, it was a simple, background layer only jpg, but whatever the reason was, the problem did not show up when I tried again today- Look forward to using the action :-)

      • Benjie — WebdesignerDepot

        Great, enjoy it!

  • Alex

    Can’t wait to play with this!

  • sylwestrus

    I will be glad to check this out. I wish to check this out in action, Thanks for article :)

  • لوازم جانبی موبایل

    thanks a lot this is very very good